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OUT provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.

OUT has been in existence for more than 21 years and is dedicated to the building of healthy and empowered LGBT communities in South Africa and internationally, while reducing hetrosexism and homophobia in society.

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New LGBTI anthology launched in honour of Gerald Kraak

 
According to Jacana, the anthology and award have been created in honour of “Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights” and “will advance his contribution to building a South Africa that is safe and welcoming to all.”
 
Pieces that engage with gender and sexuality in ways that promote new understandings of and insights into human rights on our continent will be sought for the anthology, said Jacana. A cash prize of R25 000 will be awarded to the author of the winning piece.
 
To help ensure that the anthology is distributed across the continent, Jacana will supply “brave, like-minded publishers” with print-ready files of the anthology at no cost to enable them to publish and sell the book in their country of operation.
 
Jacana is calling for submissions for the anthology and the award. The subject matter must relate to gender, human rights and/or sexuality in Africa, can be almost any kind of writing or photography, and must have been created by a citizen of an African country, who lives and works on the continent.
 
Kraak, who died in 2014 at the age of 57 after a battle with cancer, had an extraordinary impact on South Africa’s LGBTI community – including the country’s landmark adoption of marriage equality.
 
As an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the South African office of Atlantic Philanthropies, he was responsible for bringing a vast amount of international funding to the LGBTI rights movement in the 1990s.
 
Kraak supported many NGOs, community groups, authors and events such as the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and Philanthropies funding allowed LGBTI organisations to successfully lobby the ANC and the courts to ensure that lesbian and gay marriage became a reality in South Africa in 2006.
 
He also authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning exploration of South African politics, Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army.
 
The closing date for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology is 31 July 2016. For more details and to submit a work, click here.
Services
Have you been threatened, hit, raped or had your property damaged or stolen because you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI)? Then you have been a victim of a hate crime.
OUT offers exciting training to mainstream service providers and other interested parties. The training assists individuals to understand themselves as sexual beings.
Currently OUT distributes safer sex packs to a range of venues in Tshwane that are utilised by gay men and lesbian women. These packs also include responsible sex messaging, appropriate barrier methods and lube.
OUT's Engage Men’s Health project offers free and confidential sexual health services to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).